Ocean plastics, sustainable energy, food security and safeguarding coral reefs
By using islands as geographical context, Island Explorers allows pupils to explore sustainability in a fun, children-centred and multidisciplinary way, bringing together geography, social-sciences, science engineering and technology and entrepreneurship to explore sustainable development using real-world contexts, and build new international youth networks.
The programme for 4 year groups in upper Primary school level (Primary 4-7). Over a course of 6 lessons, each year group explores a different island (Hawaii, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Great Cumbrae and Reunion Island) and is exposed to a different marine related sustainability challenge pertinent to that island (marine litter, marine energy, food security and sustainable fisheries and coral reef and marine biodiversity degradation). Pupils are challenged to come up with technological or creative solutions to deal with the challenge their island is facing.
A unique aspect of the Island Explorer programme is that, within each level, a partner school has been identified on the relevant island.
- P4 Ocean plastics (Hawaii, USA – Punahou School)
- P5 Sustainable energy (St Vincent and the Grenadines – Fitzhughes Government School)
- P6 Food safety (Isle of Cumbrae, Scotland – Cumbrae Primary School)
- P7 Coral reefs/marine biodiversity (Ile de Reunion, France – Saint-Leu Centre)